Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

1991

Year: 2021
Country: GUATEMALA
Language: Spanish
Run Time: 78 minutes

1991
1991
1991
1991

In 1991, Guatemala teenagers coming-of-age were either “breaks” (working-class Indigenous youth who often had an interest in break dancing) or “anti-breaks” (their white, upper-class counterparts who hunted them down in city streets). While daily news reports detail the country’s bloody civil war, best friends Beto and Daniel keep busy working shifts cleaning pools and maintaining the grounds for the entitled well-to-do. Whereas both boys would be classified as “breaks,” Beto proudly owns it, while Daniel secretly longs for an escape from his unlucky class assignment. His chance arrives when rich Tony notices Daniel’s soccer skills, and Tony welcomes him into his wealthy world of house parties, girls, and brutal attacks on “breaks.” Slowly, Daniel drifts from Beto, his family, and his beloved neighborhood, all for the sake of fitting in with someone who was once considered his enemy. As the risk of violence inches closer to home, Daniel wonders if his conflicted loyalty aligns with his conscience, but it may be too late to turn back. 1991 is essential viewing and a compelling film that brings to life a dark period of Guatemalan history that should never be forgotten. —A.B.

CIFF46 Screenings

Upper Allen

Friday, April 01, 2022 at 10:05 PM

CIFF46 Streams On Demand

Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM -
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Streams Access: Regional: OH, PA, MI, IN
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: Yes

Related Event
46th CIFF College Program

Sidebar
Latinx & Hispanic Cinema

Competition
International Narrative Competition

Director

Director
Sergio Ramírez

Producers
Sergio Ramírez, Jayro Bustamante, Joaquín Ruano

Screenwriting
César Díaz, Jayro Bustamante, Sergio Ramírez

Cinematography
Álvaro Rodríguez, Pablo Valladares

Editing
César Días

Principal Cast
Eduardo Cabrera, Brandon López, Juan José Muralles, Daniela Castillo

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